Yearly Archives: 2013

Connecting Local to Global: Why Municipal Action on Climate Change Matters

It was sometime in the middle of the week while I was sitting in the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland this past November, that I was hit with an overwhelming sense of unease and disappointment. Though I had heard it from many other NGO observers and colleagues previously, it was at that moment that the […]

When 3 Months Turns to 3 Years: My Journey with ClimateActionWR

Have you ever started something and vastly underestimated how much impact it would eventually have?  Maybe it’s a casual first date that becomes a life partner, a lecture that grows to be a sweeping passion, or a few wistful lines that transform into an autobiography. For me, it has been the journey over the past […]

Community Update: December 2013

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What a month! While we had three Regional Carbon Initiative members set targets to reduce their carbon impact – including the City of Waterloo – I’m also thrilled to share Sustainable Waterloo Region’s renewed mission, vision and strategic direction, as well as a 2-minute video that describes our work more clearly than ever.  Meanwhile, over […]

Exciting News! What are you Doing January 16?

I was driving home from the Niagara Sustainability Initiative (NSI)’s launch event, in January 2011, when I first fully came to grips with an important realization: while the past year of coaching NSI had been rewarding and exciting, it couldn’t continue on in such an ad-hoc way. At the time, I blogged about it here. This then […]

Regional councillors endorse climate plan

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WATERLOO REGION — Regional politicians endorsed a community plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The regionwide climate action plan aims to cut emissions to six per cent below 2010 levels by 2020. The cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge already endorsed the plan. Regional councillors gave their blessing at a committee meeting this week; formal […]

After a year of planning, clarity: we convert sustainability interest into action

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At the most recent SWR Board meeting we supported a motion for full partnership with the Region of Waterloo’s TravelWise program, as it moves beyond its two year pilot and expands on its mandate. TravelWise will continue to provide incentives to employers to support their efforts to reduce the number of people driving alone to […]

Community Update – November 2013

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This month, we are glad to welcome the YMCAs of Cambridge and Kitchener-Waterloo and MW Canada Ltd. as our newest Regional Carbon Initiative Members.  We’re also thrilled to announce that the Region of Waterloo, and RCI member since 2010, has increased their corporate sustainability target and become a Bronze Pledging Partner.[Continue reading]

News Release: GHG Reduction Plan Moves Forward in Cambridge Calling for 6% Reduction – Partners for Climate Protection in Waterloo Region

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GHG Reduction Plan Moves Forward in Cambridge Calling for 6% Reduction Partners for Climate Protection in Waterloo Region   Cambridge, Ontario. November 14, 2013… The City of Cambridge is moving forward with its sustainability initiatives and last night Cambridge City Council endorsed the game plan. A Corporate GHG Reduction (Energy Management) Plan was unveiled as part of […]

Waterloo Region makes bold move to reduce emissions

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Waterloo and Cambridge have partnered with two local environmental non-profit organizations, REEP Green Solutions and Sustainable Waterloo Region to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Waterloo Region. Moving forward, ClimateActionWR hopes to work with community organizations and municipalities to compartmentalize greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to successfully reduce them. The initiative, which is a first […]

Cities commit to Community Climate Action Plan

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WATERLOO REGION — Local municipal councils are working on a Community Climate Action Plan in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The work will cost millions, but local politicians say the payback is worth it. “We talk so much about the cost of infrastructure, but this is about the opportunity to service multiple needs […]